How to Train Your Mind; A Practical Method for the Development of Mental Power by Marvin Dana

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How to Train Your Mind; A Practical Method for the Development of Mental Power

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... Chapter XXIV Summary HAVE given somewhat extensively, though as briefly as possible, a statement of those principles that are essential to the practical development of mental power. I now intend to make an intensive summary, in order to show the simplicity of the truths set forth, and their unity. The student should seek constantly to be aware as to all the contents of consciousness. First and last: / Watch your thought! / V Habits are of primary importance. Character is hardly more than the sum total ofhabits. Moreover, habits are either good or bad: there are really none neutral. The habit that is neither distinctly good or bad in itself, seemingly, is inevitably a time-waster, and on that account bad. It is of prime importance to the student that he should consider most carefully all his habits, with a view to overcoming the bad and encouraging the good. He must not expect to transform his nature in the twinkling of an eye, for such miracles are neither possible nor even desirable. But he must make an honest survey of himself, as a result of which he will be able to decide concerning his future conduct. He will select certain habits to be pursued industriouslyt while those hostile to his purposes shall be overcome, so fax_as_his strength permits. . . . It is in order to give him guidance in the matter of the better habits that I have written this book. The first habit to be cultivated is that of attention, which, when it is made complete, is called concentration. This is a primary need for all successful mental processes. It is only by attention that an adequate impression can be made on the mind. Such attention may be forced by outward circumstances, or by one's own emotional impulses, as in the case of worry, but as a rule the...

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